ISLAMABAD - Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said that an enquiry will be conducted to ascertain the responsibility of leaking the Abbottabad Commission report and perpetrators will have to face the consequences.

Talking to the media at the Press Information Department Hall on Tuesday, the minister said: “First of all we have to confirm that the report aired by a foreign news channel is really the one compiled by the Abbotabad Commission. If it is the actual report, the responsible for leaking it would be tracked down and interrogated in accordance with the law. Strict action would be taken against them.”

Pervaiz Rashid said it was too early to say whether anyone would be punished for failing to detect Osama bin Laden’s decade-long stay in the country.

His comments came after a leaked government investigation into the killing of bin Laden blamed unnamed authorities for negligence and incompetence in their failure to detect or capture him. He said the government was not in a hurry to take action against those responsible for negligence in tracing bin Laden.

In the first official response after the scathing report, the minister said the government would take action against those making the classified document public. “Only the government was authorised to declassify the document.”

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson refused to comment on the leak. “I have not seen the report and I am not in a position to comment on it," Aizaz Chaudhry said.

The military has also not issued any official response to the report which is highly critical of even security institutions, including Inter-Services Intelligence.

The report has created a stir in the country by saying that officials were responsible for gross negligence and incompetence for failing to trace the presence of bin Laden in the country or knowing about the US attack which killed him in a secret raid on May 2, 2010.

The previous government appointed a commission to investigate the circumstances leading to his death. The report was submitted to the government in January. It was not officially released but leaked to Al-Jazeera on Monday.

On all parties conference (APC), he said the date for holding the conference would be decided in the next 24 hours after consultations with all the parliamentary parties.

To a question about PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s participation in the conference, he said “Imran should participate, as we want his output on war on terrorism and he has wished to hold such conference a few days back”.

The minister said that earlier July 12 was proposed after taking on board the PTI and other political parties. Initially‚ the PTI chairman expressed his consent to attend the conference, but later, he excused himself from attending the moot because of his foreign visit.

The minister said: “The main objective of the conference is to evolve consensus on national security strategy aimed at strengthening the writ of the state and ensuring its sovereignty that is being violated by drone attacks and the killers of innocent people.”

On Pervez Musharraf ‚ the chief spokesman of the government said “nobody will come for the rescue of former president as the cases against him are not based on vengeance but the law has taken its due course against him”.

On Altaf Hussain, he said that the matter was not even discussed with UK PM David Cameron when he visited Pakistan as the laws of United Kingdom are very strict and anyone who helps a criminal is deemed a criminal.

Regarding EOBI corruption case, he said that no one would escape the due course of law irrespective of his political affiliation.